Julius has a vivid imagination, which worries his parents and his older sister. He is going to start school after the summer, and his family is a bit concerned: how will he fit into the world of school and all its boundaries? Julius’s parents themselves are in the middle of a serious crisis and considering a divorce. Together with his new friend, a “degenerated” vampire Arnold, Julius tries to make a Happiness Stone to solve the issues between his parents and within the family.
International premiere: Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience 2023
DIRECTOR: Arto Halonen SCRIPTWRITERS: Arto Halonen, Jukka Itkonen CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tuomo Virtanen COMPOSER: Tuomas Kantelinen SET DESIGN: Teppo Järvinen CAST: Mikko Nousiainen, Maria Ylipää, Mikko Töyssy, Tuija Ernamo, Emil Paloniemi, Luna Huotari PRODUCER: Arto Halonen CO-PRODUCTION COMPANY: Tasse Films (Latvia) PRODUCTION COMPANY: Art Films Production AFP
Arto Halonen is known for both documentary and fiction films which have been screened internationally. He received the Finland Prize in 2005, in recognition of a notable artistic career. He also received the City of Helsinki Cultural Prize in 2010 and the Humanitarian Award of the European Union in 1998. Halonen's documentary films include When Heroes Lie (2012), The Shadow of the Holy Book (2007), Pavlov’s Dogs (2005), and Karmapa – Two Ways of Divinity (1998).